IT’S BANANAS – Banana Bread and Almond-Butter Cocoa Sandwich Cookies
Not too sure about what to do with those ripe bananas sitting on your counter? Fear no more! In honor of National Banana Day, we have an apPEELing recipe by Jessica Murnane just for you!
Photo courtesy of Jessica Murnane
Makes 9 sandwich cookies
Prep and cook time: 1 hour
Banana Bread Cookies
2 large, very ripe bananas
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
¼ cup brown rice flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp kosher salt
Almond-Butter Cocoa Filling
½ cup unsalted almond butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp pure maple syrup
1. Make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 350˚F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas and mix it with the maple syrup, applesauce and vanilla. (The mixture shouldn’t be too smooth; small chunks of banana are great.) In a large bowl, combine the oats with the brown rice flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add the banana mixture to the oat mixture and mix until evenly distributed.
3. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies an inch apart. (Make sure they are all about the same size and shape.) Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, or until they are golden brown and set but still soft and spongy. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on the baking sheets.
4. Make the filling: When the cookies are nearly done cooling, in a small bowl, mix the almond butter with the cocoa powder and maple syrup until evenly distributed
5. Scoop a teaspoon of filling and spread it on the bottom of a cookie. Take another cookie and sandwich them together. Repeat the process with the remaining cookies to make 9 sandwiches total. Serve.
Recipe courtesy of Jessica Murnane
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Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.